Selected Hackathons, Competitions, etc.

I receive notice of many hackathons, competitions, etc.  I'm not endorsing these, but students might find them of interest.  (If you know of such an event, feel free to send it to me.)

Newsletter sent ot Monday, November 12, 2018

RPI Student Design Competition on Engineering Innovation for Society
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Thurs evening Jan 10 to noon Sun Jan 13 2019.
Design team projects developed in conjunction with the Center for Disability Services (CDS) of Albany NY,
$10,000 prize to winning team, $4000 to second and $2000 to third place teams
Undergrad students interested in innovating new products/devices/solutions to real world problems of the disabled are encouraged to apply.
Application period is from Friday Nov. 2 to Fri Nov 23. If interested, please apply at
Eight teams of 4 students will compete. Teams will be formed at the competition on a random basis, subject to the restrictions below.
Applications are on an individual basis. Students must be currently enrolled students at a 4-year college in a STEM field. Multiple students from a given university are encouraged to apply but no two will be on the same team.
RPI students are encouraged to apply. Eight will be selected, one per team.
A $50 deposit will be required which will be returned at the beginning of the Competition as a protec-tion against no-shows.
A travel honorarium, lodging provided at the local Hilton Garden Inn (two persons per room), and meals provided to all participants.
To determine the winners, projects will be evaluated both on conceptual design and prototyping, ac-cording to a provided rubric.
A document of IP policy is available. In short IP will be owned by the creators. The detailed docu-ment will be posted as soon as possible.

UMass Amherst HackHer413 Hackathon is the first all-women and non-binary student hackathon in Western Massachusetts, taking place February 9th-10th 2019! Hackathons are free events that encourage participants to learn new skills, network, and build something that they are passionate about over the course of 24-hours. There will be a career fair, team building activities, tons of free food, and lots of helpful workshops.

At the end, teams have the option to submit their creations in front of industry judges for awesome prizes!

Applications for HackHer413 are now open [1]! We encourage all women and non-binary university students interested in technology and innovation to apply, regardless of major, coding background, age, or experience.

Newsletter sent out Monday, October 29, 2018

Codestellation is Brandeis University’s annual hackathon, centered around collaboration and learning, Codestellation seeks to foster an inclusive environment that values creativity, dedication, and teamwork. This year they have many exciting workshops, talks, and surprise events planned!  Representatives from sponsors will also be present to recruit for Summer
2019 internships as well as entry-level positions for grads. Codestellation gives away plenty of amazing prizes to the winning teams of each prize category.  Below are some logistics for the event.
Date: November 10th-11th
Venue: Brandeis University Shapiro Science Center
Attendees:  Estimated 200-250.
You can find the registration link at to reserve your spot asap! If you have any questions please reach out to

IT Architecture Competition
Registration for the fourth IT Architecture Competition is now open.
Here are the steps for students to participate in the event:

  • Visit and review the activities of past years
  • Form a team of maximum three students
  • Identify a faculty who will be referee for your team
  • Decide a name for your team
  • Register your team at 
  • Work with a  industry mentor that will be allocated to your team
  • Develop an architecture solution for a real world problem